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2013 Château Pavie

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
July, 2022
France Direct wines are sourced from individual cellars in France. They ship directly to our Napa warehouse each quarter.

ITEM 8100652 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
6 $310
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RATINGS

94James Suckling

Medium body, fine and bright fruit and a long finish. Complex. Nuanced.

93Wine Spectator

A success for the vintage, with racy-edged damson plum, red currant and bitter cherry fruit backed by a bright savory and tobacco edge.

91The Wine Advocate

...gently unfolding with mulberry, forest floor and wild mint aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, gently gripping the mouth with a touch of chalkiness underneath the caressing finish.

89-91Vinous / IWC

Plum, blackberry and blueberry on the fruit-driven nose. Fresh and clean on the palate, with spicy dark fruit flavors that are less dense than usual for this wine, in the style of the year.

17Jancis Robinson

Dark and tarry. Lots of black fruit. Chewy, dense and yet harmonious in that big style. Dark and savoury and with a lovely graphite flavour and surprisingly fine texture.

PRODUCER

Château Pavie

Since it was purchased by Gerard Perse in 1998, Château Pavie, one of four St.-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A estates, has become one of the appellation’s most noted wines. A former cyclist who made his fortune with supermarket chains, Perse has modernized and updated the estate with a major replanting program. He also did a complete remodel of the cellars. Perse also owns Château Monbousquet and Château Pavie-Decesse. A sign of Pavie’s new prestige is that it was upgraded to a Premier Grand Cru Class A in 2012 after having been a Premier Cru Class B since 1954. At 103 acres it is significantly larger than such neighbors as Ausone. Pavie is notable for its three quite different terroirs, each with its own microclimate. The vineyards are planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Some 100,000 bottles are produced each year. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “Pavie is one of the world’s great wines and, in St.-Émilion, exceeded only in price, not quality, by Cheval Blanc.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

VINTAGE

2013 Château Pavie

Promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe A in Sept 2012